Gravity-Fed Watering System Progress and the Las Vegas Family Visits

| 7/23/2010 5:16:14 PM

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Hey folks,

The Urban Ranch has been filled with energy.  My oldest daughter from Las Vegas came for a visit just last week with her new husband and two of her three kids.  I decided to have a cook out on the Poor Man's Patio for the relatives to come, eat, and visit with my daughter and her family.  I invited 20 with an open invitation to really anyone that wanted to see her and the family.  I bought enough food for 40 and 55 showed up.  It's a good thing I have great relatives and they brought food without it really being required.  It's never a good thing to have hungry relatives pillaging my house.  After all the festivities were over, my granddaughters slept on the floor on borrowed mattresses, and my daughter and her husband slept on a double size air mattress on the computer room floor.  I wanted to fix a country breakfast the next morning but it just wasn't in me after the night before. 

We all arose bright and early, filled our bellies with Captain Crunch, not my choice theirs, and off we sped to frolic through the different exhibits at the zoo.  Our zoo here is one of the best in the country and covers about 100 acres.  We trudged through the 90+ degree heat with matching humidity for about five hours.  They all complained about how hot it was for the entire five hours, and I just reminded them that it was only 95 here and back home it was most likely 110.  I just thought it quite humorous that they would complain so much about the heat.  My five-year-old grandson finally announced, "Grandpa, I hurt."  We all laughed because he never runs out of energy. We gave up viewing the pachyderms in favor of going to the Golden Coral, still not my choice theirs, to dine in the lovely atmosphere and sample their delicious cuisine.  After our bellies were filled with delightful delicacies we climbed into the mini van and headed on home.  I warned them not to let Bradley sleep on the 30 minute ride home, but NOoooo, they didn't listen.  After arriving home all the family dragged themselves into the house and collapsed on the floor, in the recliner, and on the couch expecting to nap before going to bed.  Ah, yeah, all accept one five-year-old that had reloaded from the homeward bound nap.  After enjoying the entertainment of him pestering the group for about 30 minutes, I decided that it was enough torture for them and settled him down to watch a movie while the rest of the family snored away in contentment.  After the movie was over, Bradley headed up the stairs for his bath singing, “Who let the dogs out, bark bark bark.”  The next day they were gone and the house once again came back to its normal dull roar.  What?  Is that even possible?

We had a storm whistle through with 70 MPH winds that dumped an inch of rain.  At 7 p.m. on the dot, the entire neighborhood went black.  A tree had blown over and took out a power transformer.  Power finally was restored at about 2 a.m.  It was quite entertaining to watch Bradley try to process what had happened.  He was convinced if one TV didn't work then the one in another room would work, and if the light won't work in one room then it should in another.  He had his first candlelight bath.  The hot water heater in my house is gas, so hot water flowed.  We read our night time story by candle light, and he drifted off into a happy dream world by the flicker of  an apple scented candle.  He was very glad to see the TV and the lights work in the morning.  So was Grandpop.


5/28/2014 8:12:27 AM

Whether it's a ocean beach or a pond in near by the pools are always better than any of these. What you need to do is a proper care taking. You don't have to go out in the middle of thousands of people if you have your own pool. What we often see that due to a lot of crowd the pools later turned into a messy area and hence a place which should better be neglected. So it's better to install a pool and get service from and keep your pool in top condition.

Nebraska Dave
7/28/2010 5:06:22 PM

@Cindy, it seems to be the season for families to visit. I’m not sure what a dune ride is but the beach sounds good. We have river beaches here but nothing to compare to a class lake or ocean beach. It really is fun to get family together and have planned activities. It finally has got to the dog days of summer here. Hot and humid are the twins that the weather has deposited upon our area. I’ve actually had to start watering the garden. I think I have the big hole patched in the Main supply; now a wait for a couple days to make sure the silicone sealant has set up completely; then a test by water in the tank. It won’t be long now to have a fully functional system. I didn’t say all finished just a working watering system. Refinements will continue for another couple years. I want to pretty up the outside of the tank with retaining wall blocks up to the rim, a nice fountain in the tank with fish swimming in the water. For this year just a functioning water system will do. Remember I still have a fire pit to build and the summer is fast waning away. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope the rest of the summer is enjoyable for you.

Cindy Murphy
7/28/2010 10:11:26 AM

Hi, Dave. We had family visit this past week too - both my brothers, my oldest brother's ex-wife, and their two young children. I love a full-house - especially in summer, when there's so much to do around here. We had storms, and an inch or more of rain too, though thankfully, no damage or power-outages. After it cleared up, lots of food, fun at the beach, and dune rides rounded out the weekend. Sounds like you and your family had a great of a time as we did. The water-system's lookin' good. Improvising is half the fun of experimentation; the other half is when it actually works. Glad for you that the second half is going wonderfully!

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